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5 Practical Things Meditation Can Teach You | A Life of Productivity

Meditation keeps you focused

Our mind wanders for 47% of the day. That means we spend on average 7.5 hours unfocused.

Meditation helps you improve those numbers a bit, by learning to focus all your attention on just one thing at a time.

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Meditation improves your life

Meditation won't change what happens to you. But it will teach you how to approach your experiences differently:

  • You experience more joy and less suffering.
  • You’re able to feel peace regardless of your external circumstances. 
  • Negative emotions won't cloud your life.

Meditation gives you clarity

It helps you clear your mind and focus on what is really important, especially during challenging and stressful times.

Meditation makes you kinder

... because it helps you be effective with your time and attention, so you have more room to be there for others.

Meditation keeps you focused

Our mind wanders for 47% of the day. That means we spend on average 7.5 hours unfocused.

Meditation helps you improve those numbers a bit, by learning to focus all your attention on just one thing at a time.

Meditation makes you less dependent

... on your most addictive devices.

Disabling notifications, and setting screen time limits all help. But these solutions are external. Meditation helps you notice the impulses that lead to obsessively use technology.

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Reducing Stress

Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress.

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Controlling Anxiety

Less stress leads to less anxiety.

Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Promoting Emotional Health

Some types of meditation can improve depression and help you maintain these benefits.

  • Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.
  • One study found that participants experienced a long-term decrease in depression.

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Your approach to meditation

There is not a right or wrong way when seeking a meditation style. Do remember that influences have an impact on you that will affect your approach to meditation.

Types of meditation

There are many different meditation styles to suit your personal approach to meditation. Beginners usually choose to start with guided meditation and then experiment with other different approaches.

Length of meditation time

The length of meditation will impact on how successful it will be.

  • One study reported 5 hours' worth of meditation over a two-week period was enough for smokers to reduce their intake.
  • Another study noted that regular 30 minutes meditation sessions can increase the density of brain matter in areas associated with memory, stress and empathy.

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